New fighters set for Marham

RAF Marham set to be home for the new stealth fighter Credit: Press Association

The first squadron of the next generation of stealth fighter jets which will operate from RAF Marham in West Norfolk is expected to be ordered this autumn, Defence Minister Philip Dunne has said.

Mr Dunne said the Government hopes 48 of the F35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, also known as Lightning II, will have been ordered by 2020.

The Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy will operate the aircraft from Marham and the Navy's Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, which are being built.